MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) – Mount Pleasant may – or may not – be the home of the National Medal of Honor Museum.
According to an official close to the project, the National Medal of Honor Museum Board of Directors instructed museum staff to conduct an evaluation regarding the optimal location for the museum two weeks ago.
Based on that review, they said the board has made the decision to explore alternative locations away from the Lowcountry.
“The purpose of this process is to do what is necessary to achieve our mission of creating a national Museum dedicated to the bravest heroes among us,” said PR specialist, April Rodgers in an email to News 2 Friday.
Rodgers went on to say the success of this goal is to reach as many individuals as possible with these inspiring stories.
Museum staff will now work over the next few months to scout new possible locations while applying key criteria including, but not limited to: market size, proven tourism destination–both overall and patriotic–and community support for our nation’s history.
Rodgers said those parameters may evolve as the search process unfolds.
As the research phase is completed and the interest of qualifying cities is determined over the next few months, the National Medal of Honor Museum will issue a targeted Request for Proposal (RFP) – which the Town of Mount Pleasant can submit for evaluation.
In a previous statement, Mt. Pleasant Town Council Member Gary Santos said, “You have the City of Charleston, which is the number one tourist destination. Mt. Pleasant just won All American City. It’s a perfect place to put something like that, so I don’t think they’re going to find a better place than Mt. Pleasant.”
News 2 also reached out to Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie, “At six years into a ten-year contract to complete the MOH museum here, and after standing by the museum foundation throughout years of their own inner turmoil, we are certainly disappointed by this announcement. They are currently under contract for their current location until 2023 and have taken millions of tax payer dollars. We will assess and decide on our options going forward.”
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